Homecoming parade for Plymouth's 3 Commando Brigade

More than 1,100 Plymouth-based troops have marched through the city as part of a homecoming parade for 3 Commando Brigade.

Royal Marines, gunners and sappers from 3 Commando, 42 Commando and 29 Commando among others took part in the march.

The parade, from the Hoe to the city centre, was preceded by a Remembrance Service to mark Armistice Day.

Many of the service personnel have recently returned from Operation Herrick 14 in Afghanistan.

At the Hoe before the march, troops received campaign medals before observing the two-minute silence, which was led by commanding officer Brigadier Ed Davis.

They included troops from 30 Commando IX Group and 42 Commando Royal Marines, along with Army units 29 Commando Royal Artillery and 24 Commando Royal Engineers.

Political and senior Royal Navy figures were also at the ceremony, including Commander-in-Chief Fleet Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, defence minister Lord Astor of Hever, and Plymouth lord mayor Peter Brookshaw.

Mayor Brookshaw told the troops that the city was "proud" of all they had done.

'No time to mourn'

The troops marched from the Hoe and through the city centre shortly after 11:00 GMT. Thousands of people gathered on city centre streets to watch and cheer.

Image caption At HMS Raleigh, sailors from Britain, Algeria and Kuwait observed Armistice Day

During a recent six-month deployment to Helmand Province, 42 Commando lost seven men.

Lt Col Tim Purbrick, of 3 Commando Brigade, said the day offered the chance for troops to remember lost comrades, as well as those who had given their lives in other conflicts.

He said: "There's no time to mourn those fallen when you're out in Afghanistan, so this will be the opportunity to remember those who didn't return with us, and those who also suffered life-changing injuries."

He added: "It's also our way of saying thank you to Plymouth for the warm support that's been given to us while we've been on deployment."

Elsewhere in both Devon and Cornwall, towns and villages fell silent at 11:00 GMT to mark Armistice Day.

In Exeter, children from Ladysmith School were invited by the Royal Marines Association to help them honour those who lost their lives fighting for their country. They laid small crosses on solders' graves in the city.

At Torquay Town Hall, maroons [flares] were to mark the start and finish of the silence.

In Cornwall, service personnel the HMS Raleigh training base in Torpoint were joined by sailors from the Algerian and Kuwaiti navies for the two-minute silence.

Several hundred people gathered around the War Memorial in Truro. The last post was played by buglers from the City of Truro Band.

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